Pulled this off an older post. Still relevant nonetheless.
If the prediction of biodiversity loss, environmental damage is not enough a wakeup call. Perhaps dollars and cents will do.
Another article from thisismoney.co.uk – ‘Economy faces climate ‘calamity‘
Here are some figures from the article –
CLIMATE CHANGE BY NUMBERS
£3.68 trillion – the total cost of tackling climate change per year unless drastic action is taken, according to the Stern report.
1% – how much of global gross domestic product (GDP) must be spent if climate change is to be tackled now.
200 million – the number of people who could become refugees after their homes are hit by drought or flood.
40 – the percentage of species that could become extinct due to climate change.
0.5% – the temperature increase across Africa in the past 100 years.
20% – Britain’s current target for reducing carbon emissions.
30% – the EU’s target for reducing carbon emissions by 2020 under proposals by Gordon Brown.
£10.6bn – the total amount the Stern report recommends should be spent on global research into carbon emissions.
1 in 6 – the number of people in the world whose drinking-water supply could be affected by climate change.